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Cobie Smulders
Amazingly, newcomer Cobie Smulders never gave much thought to acting. She was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several school productions...
 
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Kim Cattrall
Kim Victoria Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956 in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England to Gladys Shane (Baugh), a secretary, and Dennis Cattrall, a construction engineer. At the age of three months, her family immigrated to Canada, where a large number of her films have been made. At age 11, she returned to her native country and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art...
 
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David Oyelowo
Actor, Selma
David Oyelowo (pronounced - "oh-yellow-oh"), is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and received the "Scholarship for Excellence" from Nicholas Hytner in 1998. David starred as Martin Luther King Jr...
 
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Sam Claflin
English actor Sam Claflin was born in Ipswich, England, to Susan A. (Clarke), a classroom assistant, and Mark J. Claflin, a finance officer. As a child, he was football-mad, often going to see his favorite team, Norwich City. He was a talented footballer, playing for Norwich schools at city level and Norfolk county level...
 
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Janet Suzman
This alert and classy Britisher seemed poised for Hollywood stardom in the early 1970s. Although it wasn't meant to be, Janet Suzman has remained one of the more respected classical stage actresses of her time. Born in 1939, she was raised in a staunch, liberal family household in South Africa at a time when the country was confronted with the horrors of apartheid...
 
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Jim Broadbent
One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Laverick Broadbent and sculptress Doreen "Dee" (Findlay) Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school...
 
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Dominic Cooper
Dominic Edward Cooper was born and raised in Greenwich, London, England. His mother, Julie (Heron), is a nursery school teacher and a keen theater-goer. His father, Brian Cooper, is an auctioneer. They divorced when Dominic was age 5. His maternal great-grandfather was film enthusiast E.T. Heron, who published The Kinematograph Weekly...
 
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John Lithgow
If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was born in Puerto Plata...
 
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Laurine Price
Actor, Henchmen
A native of Washington D.C., Laurine Price was born in Florida and moved around while growing up as a military brat. She sang and played the piano since childhood, and was introduced to musical theater during high school. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, emphasizing Management Information Systems...
 
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Anna Maxwell Martin
Actress, Philomena
The rather striking Anna Maxwell-Martin is a rising star on both stage and screen. Anna had dreamed all her life of becoming actress even though her family had no background in the arts whatsoever. She starred in school plays and an acclaimed production of "Breezeblock Park" in the role of Betty. At the age of 20 she auditioned for the prestigious Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art...
 
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Donald Sutherland
The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others. Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint John...
 
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Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor is an English actor. He is known for his portrayal of Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the Operative in Serenity (2005), Lola in Kinky Boots (2005), Luke in Children of Men (2006), Dr. Adrian Helmsley in 2012 (2009) and Dr. Vincent Kapoor in The Martian (2015). He played Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013)...
 
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Adam Rayner
Actor, Tyrant
Adam Rayner was born in Shrewsbury, England but grew up near Norwich in Norfolk. Having an American mother and a British father means he has dual nationality, and the family lived in the United States when he was a child, albeit briefly, before returning to East Anglia. He attended Durham University...
 
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David Suchet
Best known in the United Kingdom and abroad as Agatha Christie's suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in scores of late 1980s and '90s mini-movies, London-born actor David Suchet's early interest in the theater led to his membership with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain in the 1960s following graduation from high school...
 
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Ruth Wilson
Ruth Wilson born 13 January 1982 is an English actress. She is known for her performances in Suburban Shootout (2005), Jane Eyre (2006), and as Alice Morgan in the BBC TV psychological crime drama Luther since 2010. She has also appeared in Anna Karenina (2012), The Lone Ranger (2013), and Saving Mr...
 
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Clare Higgins
Actress, Hellraiser
After three years of drama school, she headed to Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theater. There, among her other credits, she had leading roles in the plays "The Deep Man", "Measure For Measure" and "A Streetcar Named Desire", in which she played "Stella". At the same time, she was busily carving a niche for herself in numerous BBC television plays...
 
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Natascha McElhone
Natascha McElhone was born in Walton on Thames, London. She attended several schools, Camden School for Girls being the last. Natascha McElhone established herself as a talented leading actress when she left drama school in 1993 to play the lead in her first film, Merchant Ivory's Surviving Picasso, opposite Anthony Hopkins...
 
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Mary Alexandra Stiefvater
Actress, Supergator
Mary Alexandra Stiefvater was born in Chico, California and grew up in Stockton, where she was first introduced to theater and dance at a young age. Educated at The University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, she also studied French cinema and philosophy abroad at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and Le Centre Parisien d'Études Critiques...
 
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Brian Cox
Actor, Troy
Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. He was born on June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland, to Mary Ann Guillerline (McCann), a spinner, and Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, a shopkeeper and butcher. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother was of Irish and Scottish descent. Cox first came to attention in the early 1970s with performances in numerous television films...
 
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Tom Riley
Tom Riley born 5 April 1981 is an English actor and producer. Riley was born in Maidstone, Kent. He became involved in drama in his hometown at the age of four, and spent his school years writing and directing plays. He attended Maidstone Grammar School. He studied English literature and drama at the University of Birmingham...
 
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Anthony Head
Anthony Stewart Head was born on February 20, 1954 in Camden Town, north London, England. He grew up in Hampton, near Richmond upon Thames in London. He's the youngest son of his parents, Seafield Head (a documentary filmmaker) and Helen Shingler (an actress). He is the younger brother of musical...
 
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Nathaniel Parker
Actor, Stardust
Nathaniel Parker was born in England in 1962. The son of Sir Peter Parker and Dr. Jill Parker, he decided at the age of nine that acting would be his career of choice. His first public performances were with the National Youth Theatre, a breeding ground for many British actors. After attending The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)...
 
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Toby Stephens
Toby Stephens began his acting career while a stagehand at the Chichester Festival Theatre, in end-of-season productions mounted by the crew. In his brief professional career, he has already won the Sir John Gielgud Prize for Best Actor and the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in the title role of "Coriolanus" at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1994...
 
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MyAnna Buring
Actress, The Descent
MyAnna Buring was born 22 September 1979, in Sundsvall, Sweden, as MyAnna Margaretha Buring Rantapää, but grew up in the Middle East. When she turned 16, she moved to Great Britain. She attended secondary school at the American British Academy in Muscat, Oman, with her childhood friend Stegath Dorr...
 
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Benito Martinez
Benito Martinez is most widely recognized as David Aceveda, the character he portrays on the long running hit drama The Shield, winner of the Golden Globe for best drama. For his work as "David," Benito has received national and international attention, nominated for many acting accolades and has been recognized by the National Council of La Raza...
 
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Swoosie Kurtz
Actress, Sisters
Swoosie is the only child of author Margo and Frank Kurtz. As her father was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, she moved often during her school years, living in eight different states. At the University of Southern California she majored in drama; later she attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art...
 
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. The son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, he graduated from the University of Manchester and continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, obtaining a Master of Arts in Classical Acting...
 
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Edward Akrout
Edward Akrout was born in Paris in September 1982 to a Franco-British Mother and a Tunisian Father. He grew up in France and then lived in different countries, including Romania and throughout Latin America . After training in theatre at Le Cours Florent and studying philosophy at The Sorbonne in Paris he moved to London in his early twenties where he studied acting at LAMDA...
 
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Mem Ferda
Actor, Revolver
Mem Ferda is an established British Screen Actor and International Award Winning Film Producer with over 20 years industry experience. Born October 1963, in South West London, this talented son of a Turkish Agricultural Minister became fascinated with the art of acting from a very young age. Having landed many TV roles and commercial work through a local agent whilst still in education...
 
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Tony Goldwyn
Actor, Ghost
Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn is taking multi-tasking to a new level. Currently starring as President Fitzgerald Grant in Shonda Rhimes' hit series "Scandal," -- now in its fourth season -- Goldwyn has other projects in the works as well. He recently took on the controversial figure Warren Jeffs...
 
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Alexia Moyano
Actress, Colonia
Alexia Moyano is an Argentinean actress who has worked internationally in film, theatre, and television in London, Paris, and her home city of Buenos Aires. After graduating with a degree in business administration from the University of Buenos Aires, Alexia dedicated herself to her vocation and future profession of acting...
 
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Kathryn O'Reilly
Kathryn Victoria O'Reilly is an English television, film and theatre actress. Born and raised in Surrey with Irish and East End London heritage, her mother Gloria was born under Bow Bells. Having first wanted to be a fire fighter influenced by her parents taking her to the local fire station on open days and sitting in a fire engine...
 
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Daniel Yabut
Originally from Bucks County, Pa., Daniel Yabut has been a regular on Chicago and regional stages since graduating from the University of Minnesota and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He made his professional debut in "The Magic Flute" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has since performed in dozens of dramas...
 
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Alex Blake
Actor, X Company
Alex was born in Sheffield. He went to Marlborough College, Cambridge University, where he read English, and trained at LAMDA. On television, he has appeared in many popular TV shows including New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Silent Witness and Inspector Lynley. He has also appeared in a number of major one-off television dramas...
 
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Stacy Keach
When Stacy Keach burst into the public consciousness in John Huston's Fat City in 1972, it appeared that a great actor had been discovered. He was not unknown: Keach had earlier appeared on-screen in The The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, End of the Road and the revisionist Western 'Doc' and had established a reputation off-Broadway as one of America's best stage actors...
 
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Grant Show
Only son of Ed and Kathleen Show. Raised in San Jose, California with older sister, Kelly Show. He studied acting at Samuel Ayer High School, and then majored in theater arts at UCLA. His first professional role was "Rick Hyde" in Ryan's Hope from 1984 to 1987. He then took a year sabbatical to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts...
 
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Barbara Tarbuck
Actress, Walking Tall
Trained on a Fulbright Grant to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Barbara's New York theatre work includes "Landscape & Silence" by Harold Pinter, "Water Engine" by David Mamet, Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Broadway Bound", Joseph Chaikin's production of "America Hurrah!"...
 
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Dana Ivey
Dana Ivey was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She decided at age six that she wanted to act, and throughout school she pursued it. She majored in theatre at Rollins College in Florida. She received a grant to study drama in England at the London Academy of Music and Art. She has received critical acclaim on the stage...
 
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Stephen Moyer
Actor, True Blood
Stephen Moyer's passion for acting began in local theatre in Brentwood & Chelmsford, Essex where he also made a name for himself with his own theatre company "The Reject Society". He then trained at LAMDA and began his professional acting career on stage, including 2 years with the RSC ("Romeo & Juliet"...
 
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Richard Armitage
Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, and studied at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). His first appearance on the screen was in a small role in This Year's Love...
 
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James D'Arcy
James D'Arcy was born Simon Richard D'Arcy in London, England, to Caroline (O'Connor) and Richard D'Arcy. He was raised by his mother, a nurse. He trained at LAMDA and graduated in July 1995. During his three-year course, he gained acting experience by appearing in the plays "Heracles", "As You Like It"...
 
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Alexander Siddig
Born in Sudan, Siddig was raised in Britain and attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) where he studied acting and theater. Immediately after leaving LAMDA, Sid did a season of theater in Manchester, in addition to performing in various shows in pubs and small theaters. Later, Siddig worked as a director in a small theater in London...
 
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Amy Irving
Actress, Carrie
Naturally brunette/blue-eyed beauty Amy Davis Irving was born in Palo Alto, California. She is the youngest of three children, and the daughter of influential theatrical/television director and producer Jules Irving, and actress Priscilla Pointer. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent, and her mother's ancestry includes English, Scots-Irish, Welsh, Jewish, and German...
 
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Ian McNeice
Ian McNeice went to Taunton School in Somerset and then had two years at the Salisbury Playhouse as an Acting A.S.M. before going to L.A.M.D.A. 1971-74. The next few years were spent in theatre, including four years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, ending with "Nicholas Nickleby" on Broadway. His TV breakthrough was as Harcourt in the B.A.F.T.A award-wining series Edge of Darkness...
 
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Ryan Sypek
Actor, Wildfire
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Ryan received his BFA in Acting from Boston University's College of Fine Arts. He also studied in England at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) Ryan's first job landed him in Albuquerque New Mexico starring in ABC Family's first original series, Wildfire...
 
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Alec Newman
Alec Newman was born in Glasgow on the 27th of November 1974. Raised both in Scotland and England he joined the National Youth theater at 17 after injury ruled out a career in soccer. There he played various roles most notably Iago in Shakespeare's Othello, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor. Upon finishing his training both at the NYT and then at LAMDA...
 
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Ben Daniels
Ben Daniels is a multi-award winning performer who is equally at home whether working in Film, Television or Theatre. He was born in the Midlands and became interested in acting through drama lessons while at comprehensive school. He began his career after leaving London's prestigious LAMDA drama school...
 
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Diana Dors
Actress, Blonde Sinner
Diana Dors was born Diana Mary Fluck on October 23, 1931 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. She and her mother both nearly died from the traumatic birth. Because of the trauma, her mother lavished on Diana anything and everything she wanted--clothes, toys and dance lessons were the order of the day. Diana's love of films began when her mother took her to the local movies theaters...
 
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Clive Standen
Actor, Vikings
Clive Standen is a British actor, he was born in a British Army base in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland, and grew up in the East Midlands in England. He went to school at King Edward VII School (Melton Mowbray) followed by a performing arts course at Melton Mowbray College. In his late teens Standen was a international Muay Thai Boxer and later Fencing gold medalist...
 
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Kara Tointon
Actress, EastEnders
Standing at an average 5ft 5in, with a cheeky glint in her deep brown eyes we have Kara Tointon - a girl who is anything but average. She was brought into the world on August 5th 1983 in a large Essex town called Southend-On-Sea.. Ambitious and confident from an early age, Kara often made up her own words for things and was always amusing those around her with her random and creative moods...
 
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Derek Riddell
Derek Riddell is one of the UK's underrated actors who graduated from LAMDA's three year acting course in 1990. Derek worked very hard leading up to his television career in plays including Midsummer Night's Dream and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. Also appeared in The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman he once Loved in the Former Soviet Union at the Tron theatre...
 
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Rudy Dobrev
Rudy Dobrev started his career in the 1992 Gli anni d'oro (Golden Years)(1992) mini-series in Italy for RAI Television, after beating out hundreds of candidates for the role of "Andrea". He then moved on to other European projects in Television and Theater before moving to the States. Educated throughout Europe and graduating from High School in the States...
 
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Luing Andrews
Actor, The Heavy
Born January 1963 in Richmond Surrey, Birth name Ian Andrews Luing Mason. British actor Luing Andrews began his career as a stunt man and directly after training was offered his first feature 'Called Home', daring Luing not only acted in this exciting film but also performed his own stunts including a cliff fall and car crash...
 
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Tom Frederic
Tom trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan attending international school for 15 years before moving to England obtaining a degree from Bristol University and subsequently training in London to be an actor. Of Danish/German descent and with a fluency in both languages, Tom's mother tongue is English.
 
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Daniel Pirrie
Trained at LAMDA graduating in 2003. He has an extensive background in theatre in London's West End as well as the Edinburgh Festival where his portrayal of infamous murderer Richard Loeb in 'Never the Sinner' was described by The Scotsman as "a tour de force: flamboyant, posturing, ironic, and with the magnetism the part requires"...
 
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Elaine Tan
Elaine was born in London, England. She attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School and performed in West End stage productions, including South Pacific and The King & I, Royal Variety Shows, film, television, radio and commercials. After leaving to attend a regular academic school, she continued taking her LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) Exams...
 
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Camille Mana
Actress, Cake
Camille Mana made her New York theatre debut in the title role of "Asuncion" written by and starring opposite Jesse Eisenberg at The Cherry Lane Theatre. The Orange County native made her film debut in the Miramax film "Smart People" working opposite Dennis Quaid. She returned to university again in MGM comedy "College"alongside Drake Bell and Haley Bennett...
 
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Tessa Auberjonois
Actress, Birth
Tessa Auberjonois has appeared Off-Broadway on stages such as the Lucille Lortel, the Acorn, the Player's Theatre, and the Rattlestick (among others), and she has performed at many of the nation's foremost regional theaters. These include numerous premier productions at the South Coast Repertory Theatre...
 
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Sydney White
Actress, Young Dracula
Not many 12 year old are described as "definitely a star in the making" by the London Times but Sydney White is no ordinary girl. She's already starred in hit shows such as Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Woman In White, appeared in front of audiences of up to 44,000 and performed alongside legends including Tina Turner...
 
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Joanna Jeffrees
Actress, Skyfall
Joanna was born in Winchester, Hampshire, England. Joanna had her first London acting agent at fourteen, Movie Mites, and whilst with them auditioned for a role in Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut'. By the age of sixteen Joanna had played a variety of minor TV roles, including being the invited guest...
 
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Katie Cockrell
Katie Cockrell is an American actress, dancer, and performer. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and started dancing at the age of 5. She's of mixed ethnic background, her mother is Chinese and her father is English and Irish. Katie has an identical twin sister, Kellie, who is also an actress. Katie's...
 
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Krystal Vayda
Krystal Tiffany Vayda has many years of experience in the Hollywood industry. Her experience began as a child model/actress which eventually led her to pursue studying theatre in Univeristy. In the United States, Krystal attended California State University, Fullerton to study communications. In Europe...
 
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Steven Hartley
Actor, The Bill
Steven Hartley is one of the Best known faces and voices on UK TV,film and Radio. Born in Yorkshire Steven has become internationally known for his film, TV and Theatre work. Steven trained at LAMDA in 1981-1984 and has worked constantly ever since, becoming a regular in leading roles on British television and working in Film and Theatre in many diverse and acclaimed roles in the UK and US...
 
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Ryan Philpott
Ryan was a member of The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, before training for 3 years at LAMDA. He has had a varied TV, film and theatre career. He played Matthew Thyme, the policeman son of Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris) in Rosemary and Thyme for ITV as well as on-off appearances in Eastenders (BBC) playing Sergeant Kenny Morris...